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Fargo men, women receive high marks in health magazines

FARGO - Snow and cold may test the resolve of people living here, but Fargo received high marks for its livability and health of its residents. The city ranks as the fourth best city for men and sixth best city for women in the latest issues of M...

FARGO - Snow and cold may test the resolve of people living here, but Fargo received high marks for its livability and health of its residents.

The city ranks as the fourth best city for men and sixth best city for women in the latest issues of Men's Health and Women's Health magazines.

The magazines ranked 100 metropolitan areas across the country. To see the top 10 and bottom 10 cities for men and women, see below.

To determine which cities were the most male and female-friendly, the magazines' editors factored in 35 key criteria, including air quality, employment, life expectancy, commute times, death rates from more than a half dozen causes, the propensity of men and women to become overweight, and the ratio of singles of each gender.

The rankings are part of the January/February issues of both magazines, which were released on newsstands last week.

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Other than Fargo, there were six other cities receiving high marks for both men and women: Minneapolis, Madison, Wis., Salt Lake City, Utah, Lincoln, Neb., San Jose, Calif., and Seattle.

In its ranking for Fargo, Men's Health said "few men ... die of diabetes because of their penchant for running in races and marathons. Joining a pack in your town for five 30-minute runs a week has been shown to slash diabetes risk by 58 percent."

Minneapolis, which ranked fifth for women in Women's Health, has "one of the lowest breast-cancer death rates, which may be attributed to the fact that the city has the fourth-highest number of female joggers. Regular workouts may help prevent the disease by lowering levels of estrogen and other hormones, which have been linked to the formation of breast tumors. Aim for 45 minutes of exercise five days a week," the magazine reports.

10 Best Cities for Men

1) Seattle, WA

2) Madison, WI

3.) San Jose, CA

4) Fargo, ND

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5) Burlington, VT

6) Manchester, NH

7) Minneapolis, MN

8) Salt Lake City, UT

9) Lincoln, NE

10) Austin, TX

10 Worst Cities for Men

91) Toledo, OH

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92) St. Petersburg, FL

93) Louisville, KY

94) Charleston, WV

95) Memphis, TN

96) St. Louis, MO

97) Detroit, MI

98) Jacksonville, FL

99) Philadelphia, PA

100) Birmingham, AL

10 Best Cities for Women

1) San Jose, CA

2) Madison, WI

3) Seattle, WA

4) Aurora, CO

5) Minneapolis, MN

6) Fargo, ND

7) San Francisco, CA

8) Lincoln, NE

9) Salt Lake City, UT

10) Colorado Springs, CO

10 Worst Cities for Women

91) New Orleans, LA

92) Baltimore, MD

93) Jacksonville, FL

94) Oklahoma City, OK

95) Toledo, OH

96) St. Louis, MO

97) Detroit, MI

98) Memphis, TN

99) Birmingham, AL

100) Philadelphia, PA

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